Yelena Hardcopf


About Yelena (Viktorovna) Borisova Hardcopf

What I love about Nasha Shkola…

… I especially value our professional and caring teachers and staff.  Their hard work and dedication make Nasha a great place for students and families.  They convey passion and enthusiasm for the subjects they teach, create welcoming environment, and encourage high academic performance.

I love the cultural aspect of our school.  It allows us to bring the rich and amazing world of Russian culture to our students and build cross-cultural awareness and understanding.  Here, our bilingual students have a unique opportunity to preserve their language and heritage.

I also appreciate the size of our school that allows us to support and nurture our students on individual level from their first days in kindergarten to the 8th grade.  I take pride in the progress of all our students – from our high achievers to those who worked hard and achieved beyond their expectations.  I marvel at their artistic performance during school concerts and events.

I feel deep gratitude to our most dedicated parents for their continuing support and engagement.

And I do believe in the future for Nasha Shkola.  By working together we will reach our full potential.

For me, fun is…

… reading, traveling, taking pictures, spending time with my family and friends, and … creating and sewing traditional Slavic and Russian costumes for our school shows and events.


University of Minnesota | Curriculum & Instruction: Teaching 2nd Languages & Cultures, MEd
University of Minnesota | Curriculum & Instruction: English as a Second Language
Far Eastern State University, Vladivostok Russia | Philology, Russian Language and Literature

Professional Training:

Leadership & Implementation Science
Using Data for Continuous School Improvement
Response to Intervention
MN Reading Corps Institute: Internal Coach
Wilson Language Training: Fundations
Responsive Classroom
Immersion Education
2nd Language Learning: Styles- and Strategies-Based Instruction
2nd Language Curriculum Design & Development

Dear Nasha Shkola Families!

We hope that you had a wonderful summer.  We also hope that you relaxed, recharged and got ready for a new school year.  Nasha Shkola is a great learning community.  We are proud to announce that our students have performed very well in the state and national assessments.  75% of all of our students perform at or above the national median on the MAP Growth Assessment.   67% of our students in grades 3-8 perform at or above Minnesota median on MCA Assessment in Mathematics (higher than the state).  In reading, 49% of our students in grades 3-8 perform at or above Minnesota median.  These results are a great testimony to the hard work of our students, staff and parents.  Thank you! I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to working with you and your children.

Academic excellence is the goal of our community. We want every child at every level to excel, and we work hard to deliver on that promise.

Each year brings positive change. This year we are happy to offer physical education classes to all of our students in grades K-8 twice a week. We also have a new development in our Russian Program.  We will introduce, AAPPL, to measure Russian language proficiency  for students in grades 6-8 with the goal of achieving the Certificate of the World Language Proficiency issued by the MDE. As in the previous years, we will continue differentiate instruction for all of our students.  We have been providing interventions, support and enrichment to all students in Nasha Shkola in the area of Math, Reading and English Language. We have successfully implemented Guided Reading schoolwide.  This year we will continue our work in the area of academic writing and speaking.

A few words about school growth development: This is our 8th year of operation.  Every year, our school is improving and getting stronger.  We have made great progress in the area of academic achievement and instruction.  We need to work hard to increase enrollment in NS.  Increased student population will provide us with financial stability. With the involvement of our School Board of Directors and your support, we will conduct strategic and business planning for the school. NS needs your time, energy, knowledge, support, and leadership to assure that we always meet our mission of providing the best educational opportunities to our students.

Finally, I would like to remind you that to be successful, NS needs the continued support of each of you. So, on this first day of school, I wish all of you new successful school year!

Yelena Hardcopf

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Nasha Shkola — Russian for Our School — is an academically rigorous K-8 charter school, providing a highly-structured learning environment for students interested in Russian language and culture.

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School Info

Nasha Shkola
6717 85th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

Phone: 763-496-5550
Fax: 763-424-8520

School Hours
Monday – Friday:
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Office Hours
Monday – Friday:
8 am – 4 pm